...but wait, we're still enjoying the 2017 season, isn't next year a ways off? Farmers and market managers will immediately tell you, no. The next season feels like it will start about 5 minutes after the last, and this time around we're very excited for that. Thanks to the tireless work of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (plus Illinois farmers and local food advocates who have been lobbying our state representatives) there are two big reasons to get excited for the 2018 farmers' market season in Illinois.
This summer two major pieces of legislation were signed that will improve access to local food at farmers' markets in Illinois, making it easier and more affordable for farmers to sell more of their product directly to the consumer and reducing food waste in the process.